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Monday, November 25, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS The 70s Rewind performs during 10th anniversary celebration at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Penn's Peak celebrated its 10th anniversary Sunday with rock and roll music coupled with dancing, food, and even a Chinese auction.

Hundreds attended the event at the Jim Thorpe venue, which featured free concerts by two groups: Clyde Barrow and the Legendary Barbusters and The 70s Rewind.

The 70s Rewind accented their performance with videos which included movie clips, commercials, and concert scenes.

The Chinese auction was staged to benefit the local chapter of Dream Come True, which grants wishes to terminally ill children.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"Last Vegas" is a hoot, starring four icons of contemporary cinema who have never appeared together in the same film.

Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline star as senior citizens, who called themselves the Flatbush Four when they were Brooklyn, N.Y., youths. In "Last Vegas," the four reunite in Las Vegas for a bachelor party.

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Carbon County Chorus will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., at Panther Valley High School. An admission fee is charged, all proceeds benefit the chorus to defray expenses. The director is Tim Sterner, nationally known director of student groups. David Perkins, right, chorus director at Lehighton Area High School, directs rehearsal for students in the county chorus.

Friday, November 15, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "Mercedes," right, played by Chrissy Musser, confronts "Mr. Cavendish," left, played by Troy Margerum, who is supposed to be dead, while "Pete" the gangster, center, played by Pat Iezzoni, tries to collect money from Cavendish in this scene from "Backstage," to be performed by the Panther Valley High School Drama Club tonight at 7 p.m. at the high school.

Tonight at 7 p.m., the Panther Valley Drama Club will perform "Backstage."

The script, written by Pat Cook, features a play within a play in which young understudy "Ajax," played by Troy Margerum, will be called upon to deliver the greatest performance of his life in the production of "Don Juan in Cleveland."

However, no one can ever know ... except for his overly superstitious stage manager, his no nonsense director and his zany cast mates (minus one who is left in the dark).

"Ajax" will be faced with many challenges.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"12 Years A Slave" is a profound film depicting an era of unspeakable horror in the history of the United States, as well as a marker in the evolution of the depiction of slavery and race in American cinema.

Monday, November 11, 2013
 SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A.D.D., local teenage rock band, played at the Sands Event Center.

Local teenage rock band A.D.D. opened for Sammy Hager, the Red Rocker and the Wabos at the Sands in Bethlehem. The young band recently played in front of nearly 2,500 people for about 45 minutes.

The five young musicians were recognized last year with an invitation to attend the National Association of Music Merchants show in Anaheim, California, Jan. 19-22. The invitation was made possible by Magdom Music professionals.

The band members are Tyler Ritter, Nick McGeehan and his brother, Matt McGeehan; Dakota McGeehan, and Paul Ermlich.

Monday, November 11, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Johnny Searfoss with his mom, Louise Searfoss of Jim Thorpe. "When he was growing up," Louise said, "I kept the records spinning on the phonograph playing the likes of Neil Diamond, Bobby Rydell, and Herman's Hermits."

Johnny Searfoss - it's both the name of the new album and the name of the featured singer/songwriter on the album.

On the album, Searfoss features his original blues and soft rock tunes with guitar and vocals with his band, composed of drummer Nick Lauro, keyboardist Matt McGasko, and Joe Bogwist on harmonica and singing backing vocals, providing the harmonic background.

Searfoss, 47 and a Jim Thorpe native, currently is based out of the Hazleton suburb of Larksville, although he returns to his boyhood home at least once each week to teach and visit with his mom, Searfoss.

Friday, November 8, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Former WWE superstar Gene Snisky stands with his wife, the former Diahann Ouly, left, a Coaldale native, and Lisa Hiles of Summit Hill. Snisky will be featured in the main event of a pro wrestling show to benefit the Ameican Cancer Society at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Panther Valley High School gymnasium.

For five years Gene Snisky wrestled with the World Wrestling Federation. He was featured in many main events during which he wrestled such stars as John Cena, The Undertaker, Kane, and The Big Show.

During those five years, the Nesquehoning native fought in the squared circle in arenas around the world, including Japan, Australia, Europe, and Canada. "I went through three passports in those five years," he said.

Snisky currently wrestles with Allentown-based WXW C4, which has televised shows weekends on Blue Ridge Communication TV 13.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

How funny is "Bad Grandpa"?

Take it from the ticket-seller at the multiplex: "The girl at the concession counter had to use her inhaler three times."

Don't take it from me.

Then again, two movie-goers walked out during the first 30 minutes at a recent matinee of "Bad Grandpa" at that same multiplex.

Don't take it from me.

"Next time, let's go to lunch and forget it when there's a bad movie," said an elderly woman to her two elderly female friends sitting in the row in front of me at the matinee.

Monday, November 4, 2013
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Dewey Bunnell, left, and Gerry Beckley from the band America perform Saturday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The band America took a large Penn's Peak crowd back in time on Saturday night - back to the days of the Vietnam War; to the era when pop was tops.

Lead singers Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell put on an incredible show, singing the hits that made them famous, songs from their most recent project, and videos that accentuated their musical era.

It was about the fourth appearance at Penn's Peak for America, and like the previous concerts the auditorium was packed with fans of all ages.